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Aitor Esteban
Spokesperson of the Basque Group in the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
18 December 2012
Preceded byJosu Erkoreka
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
14 April 2004
Parliamentary groupBasque Group (EAJ-PNV)
ConstituencyBiscay
Speaker of the General Assembly of Biscay
In office
28 May 1995 – 25 May 2003
Preceded byAntxon Aurre
Succeeded byAna Madariaga
Personal details
Born
Luis Aitor Esteban Bravo [1]

(1962-06-21) 21 June 1962 (age 61)
Bilbao, Spain
Political partyBasque Nationalist Party
SpouseItxaso Atutxa Atutxa
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Deusto
OccupationLaw professor and politician
WebsitePersonal Twitter

Aitor Esteban Bravo (born 21 June 1962) is a Spanish jurist and politician who serves as Member of the Congress of Deputies since 2004. He is a member of the Basque Nationalist Party and serves as the party's Spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies since 2012.

Biography

Esteban's mother is from the Province of Soria and his father is from the Province of Biscay.[2] Esteban studied in the Corazón de María School of Bilbao and he studied baccalaureate in the Central High School of Bilbao. Later, he studied law in the University of Deusto. He supports the Basque independence but he also considers himself as very pragmatic.[3]

Esteban holds a PhD in Law from the University of Deusto and has been a professor at the same university of the subjects of Constitutional Law and the Institutional System of the Basque Country, Administrative Law and Indigenous History and Culture of North America and Mesoamerica. He is also an expert in Native American Culture and a scholar of the native legislation.[4][5]

He is married to Itxaso Atutxa,[6] a high-ranking member of the Basque Nationalist Party. They have two children.

Political career

Esteban joined the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) at the age of 16 and in 1983 he was appointed Secretary of the youth branch of the PNV. Two years he was appointed representative of the PNV's General Assembly and in 1991 he was appointed Spokesperson and Secretary of the Presidency of the General Assembly of Biscay.[4] From 1995 to 2003[7] he was the President (or Speaker) of the General Assembly of Biscay.

Esteban made the leap to national politics in 2004 when he was elected MP to the Congress of Deputies for Biscay in the 2004 general election. He was re-elected in the general elections of 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2019. In 2012 he was appointed Spokesperson of the Basque Group in Congress.[8]

References

  1. ^ https://www.euskadi.eus/y22-bopv/es/p43aBOPVWebWar/VerParalelo.do?cd1984000313
  2. ^ "Aitor Esteban responde en Osoigo: "¿Cuándo aprenderás euskera?" vía @osoigo". Osoigo (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  3. ^ Rioja, Iker; ueza (24 April 2019). "Aitor Esteban: "¿Independentista? Sí. Toda mi vida lo he sido"". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b Internet, Unidad Editorial. "Aitor Esteban sustituye a Josu Erkoreka como portavoz del PNV en el Congreso". El Mundo (in Spanish). Spain. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. ^ Batzar, Euzkadi Buru. "Nuestro Equipo Aitor Esteban Bravo". Congreso (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 July 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Itxaso Atutxa, la mujer con más poder en la historia del PNV". El Correo (in European Spanish). 21 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Las Juntas de Vizcaya eligen a la primera presidenta de su historia". El País (in Spanish). 19 June 2003. ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  8. ^ REYERO, I. (18 December 2012). "Aitor Esteban, nuevo portavoz del PNV en el Congreso". ABC (in Spanish). Spain. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
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